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Safe Employment & Allegations against Staff

Key Learning:

Lampard Partnership Briefing (Savile enquiry)

Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers working with Children & Young People

All organisations working with children and young people should be proactive in reducing the risk of child abuse taking place within the services they provide by:

  • Developing a safeguarding ethos
  • Adopting safe recruitment & effective safe termination of employment practices
  • Ensuring all staff understand safe practice, and receive appropriate training in child protection
  • Ensuring all vulnerabilities expressed by staff are taken seriously and responded to at the earliest stage
  • Ensuring that risk assessments are undertaken following allegations to reduce the likelihood of repetition

The BSCB Procedures listed below should be applied when there is an allegation or concern that any person who works with children, in connection with his/her employment or voluntary activity, has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children

These behaviours should be considered within the context of the four categories of abuse (i.e. physical, sexual, emotion abuse and neglect – as defined in Working Together). These include concerns relating to inappropriate relationships between members of staff and children or young people e.g:

  • Having a sexual relationship with a child under 18 if in a position of trust in respect of that child, even if consensual
  • ‘Grooming’, i.e. meeting a child under 16 with intent to commit a relevant offence
  • Other ‘grooming’ behaviour giving rise to concerns of a broader child protection nature, e.g. inappropriate text / email messages or images, gifts, socialising
  • Possession of indecent photographs / pseudo-photographs of children

BSCB Procedure & Information leaflets

Managing Allegations against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children & Young People (Procedure)

The BSCB has developed a range of information leaflets detailing the Allegations Management process. These leaflets are available for children & young people who have made an allegation against a member of staff or volunteer, as well as their parents / carers:

Support for Children and Young People

Information for Parents and Carers

There is also a leaflet for employers to provide to any member of staff or volunteer who has an allegation made against them:

Supporting Staff and Volunteers leaflet

The BSCB Professional Boundaries leaflet is available to download for all staff and volunteers working with children & young people. The leaflet provides easy to follow guidelines and expectations and can be used across the children’s workforce, whether as part of an induction pack for new workers, or as an example of good practice for existing staff.

Professional Boundaries


Safe Working Practice:

The information and documents below relate to Safe Working Practice in Buckinghamshire.

AMA Safe Working Practice Guidance:

Guidance for Safe Working Practice for adults who work with children and young people
NB: This guidance is dated 2007. The document was reviewed by the BSCB in May 2013 and the content remains up-to-date and relevant.

Additional Information:

General considerations

Initial actions

Strategy discussions – a guide for employers

Disciplinary/suitability process


Roles and responsibilities

Safer Recruitment

The information and documents below relate to Safer Recruitment in Buckinghamshire

BSCB / BSAB Safer Recruitment Toolkit:

To view the toolkit please click on the link in the left hand menu.

Additional Information Sheets:

Information Leaflet for Taxi Drivers: This leaflet gives Safeguarding Information for Drivers of Private Hire & Taxi Drivers when transporting Children & Young People

Taxi Driver Leaflet

Education and Inspections Act 2006 – Discipline and Behaviour in Schools

Grooming and Abuse of Trust

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Contractors & Volunteers: Example Policies (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust)

Contractors Policy
Volunteers Policy

Recruitment Pack: 
What is Safeguarding?        Self Declaration        CRB Checks